Crowd-Pleasing Holiday Side Dishes

The turkey may seem like the star of the show, but holiday meals are really all about the sides. Potatoes and cranberry sauce, roasted Brussels sprouts and salads -- side dishes add welcome bursts of flavor to traditional meals. Whether you're hosting or going to a potluck, our easy recipes will ensure that the side dishes bask in the spotlight where they belong.

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Parsnip and Potato Pancakes

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Parsnip and Potato Pancakes

We've revamped the classic potato pancake by adding shredded parsnips to the mix. The result is a dish that's a bit sweeter, but with the same homey, hash-brown flavor you'd expect from a potato-only version.

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Cider-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

Yunhee Kim

Cider-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

These glazed root vegetables are the perfect mix of tangy and sweet.

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Accordion Sweet Potatoes

Yunhee Kim

Accordion Sweet Potatoes

The slices in the potatoes capture the delicious maple sauce and ensure loads of flavor in every bite.

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Broccoli and Fontina Orzo Bake

Yunhee Kim

Broccoli and Fontina Orzo Bake

If you're headed to a potluck, cover this irresistible comfort food dish when it comes out of the oven, and whisk it away within a half-hour. It tastes best when it's warm.

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Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

Tara Donne

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

Take a break from mashed potatoes with these easy, cheesy spuds.

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Parsley Pesto Veggies

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Parsley Pesto Veggies

Beans and carrots get dressed up with fresh herb flavor in this simple side dish. Using parsley yields a pesto that's milder than the basil version but equally nutty and rich.

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Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Doug Merriam

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are more popular than ever, and nobody can ever get enough of these oven-roasted sprouts. Don't be tempted to omit the sugar: it's just a little, but it helps the veggies caramelize. Finishing them with a squeeze of lemon might be a grown-ups-only touch, but if your young gourmets go for sour tastes, by all means, encourage them to spritz away!

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Orange-Spiced Sweet Potato Casserole

Yunhee Kim

Orange-Spiced Sweet Potato Casserole

Bring this crowd-pleasing side to your host's house unbaked and pop it in the oven while the turkey is resting.

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Beets with Goat Cheese

Yunhee Kim

Beets with Goat Cheese

Since this dish tastes best at room temperature it's perfect for a holiday feast. Prepare it in advance, and remove from the fridge an hour before serving. Use red and golden beets for eye appeal.

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Roasted Vegetable Pie

Alexandra Grablewski

Roasted Vegetable Pie

Have a nonmeat-eater at the table? A slice of this pie, chock-full of vegetables, is perfect as a vegetarian main course or as a side dish for everyone else.

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Fresh Cranberry Relish

Yunhee Kim

Fresh Cranberry Relish

This no-cook sauce may just be the easiest holiday side dish ever! Just five ingredients and five minutes, and you're done.

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Dinosaur Slaw

Doug Merriam

Dinosaur Slaw

This recipe has converted many a kale skeptic. Expecting a mass of cooked greens, they're shocked to be served a bright, fresh, cheese-tinged tangle of salad. Younger skeptics may also be won over by the dish's deliciously prehistoric name.

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Cheesy Potatoes

Alexander Rowley

Cheesy Potatoes

This make-ahead potato dish is the ultimate comfort food for the whole family. To make it even more kid-friendly, swap Gruyere for Cheddar or another cheese your kids like.

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Butternut Squash and Apple Bake

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Butternut Squash and Apple Bake

Our healthier version of a veggie casserole allows two of the season's most popular offerings to shine. A flavor boost comes from onion and herbs (no heavy cream sauce here) plus a just slightly decadent crumb topping.

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Orange Green Beans

Gemma Comas

Orange Green Beans

Wash, dry, and trim the green beans the day before you plan on serving them. Store them in a zip-top bag in the fridge and these crisp-tender beans will be ready in minutes.

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